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Mar 21, 2013 11:00pm PDT
told reliably that senator harry reid will move a bill starting tonight and it would have background checks in the base component of it, which means it won't be offered as an amendment. in addition to this, harry reid is going to do the assault weapons ban and the second is the ban on high-capacity magazines. you saw weapons ban faces a much more uphill battle than the one of the high capacity magazines but you have to guess at this moment and anything that passes the senate would then have to go over to the house and we're not sure what john boehner would do at this point in time. yesterday he indicated that he doesn't want to expend any new laws. that could trip up all of the reform. >> let me ask you, cynthia, about the politicians and passions about this. they were very hot, 90% for a better set of background checks. in fact, everything comes out with a majority. will it be brought to bear as the senate votes after easter? >> chris, i certainly hope so. i'm so glad that you are advising people to get in contact with their members of congress and members of senate. let me also say
MSNBC
Mar 21, 2013 7:00pm PDT
. that's right. not dead. judging by my twitter feed, many of you are very angry at harry reid tonight for killing the assault weapons ban in the package of legislation that was voted out of the judiciary committee. the judiciary committee's legislation on gun safety includes universal background checks, among other things. an assault weapons ban was also in there. the vote in the committee on the assault weapons ban was straight party line, ten democrats in favor, eight republicans opposed. but unfortunately, the judiciary committee does not reflect the politics of the senate as a whole. the judiciary committee, like some other committees, is a bit more liberal than the full senate. those committees can sometimes pass bills that cannot pass the senate. it is not unusual for the majority leader of the senate, whether he's a republican or a democrat, to slightly rewrite committee past bills before introducing them to the full senate. the majority leader's rewrites and edits have one guiding principle in mind, attracting the votes needed for passage. committee chairmen have to do exactly
MSNBC
Mar 21, 2013 12:00pm PDT
harry reid said the assault weapon ban has no chance of passing. the white house was quick to push back. >> we are still pushing that it pass. the same thing was told to me when the first assault was banned in 1994, it was attached to the crime bill that it couldn't pass. last time we passed it, we only had seven republican votes in 1994. >> but he doesn't have the democrats. again, i just, i've never found it makes any sense to support something and declare there is no possible of it passing. >> and vice president biden appeared with mayor michael bloomberg, stressing that all the proposed gun regulations were drafted to support second amendment rights. of course it depends who you ask. the nra says congress is putting the constitution at risk and the gun lobby is raising lots of cash with that appeal. the nra raised $1.6 million in february. that's its highest one-month total in over a decade. so is this with fundraising? fundamental rights or harry reid's unique brand of democratic leadership? let's spin. >> i hope it is about harry reid. >> it is about harry reid. the president
MSNBC
Mar 20, 2013 6:00am PDT
critics. >>> plus, senate leader harry reid says democrats will not have an assault weapons ban in their new gun regulation bill. and that is not sitting well with one of the top backers. good morning from washington. it's wednesday, march 20th, 2013. the first day of spring. come on, you like this tie. it's colorful. this is "the daily rundown." i'm luke russert in for chuck todd who is in israel for the president. he'll be joining us from there in a few moments. president obama has arrived in the middle east to begin i had four-day tour of the region. but it's not all pomp and circumstance. difficult issues loom as the leaders prepare for meetings later today. but publicly, the focus is on what president obama called the eternal bond between the two nations. >> the united states of america stands with the state of israel because it is in our fundamental national security interests to stand with israel. it makes us both stronger. it makes us both more prosperous and it makes the world a better place. >> in an unstable and uncertain middle east, the need for our alliance is greater than
MSNBC
Mar 22, 2013 5:00pm PDT
majority heard harry reid issued this statement, i want to be clear in order to be effective, any bill that passes the senate must include background checks. a welcome statement but senator chuck schumer is still searching for republican co-sponsor. then there's the question of the house. speaker john boehner hinted at support earlier this week. >> do you think background checks and improving background checks might be part of that? >> they should actually do a real background check on everyone. and maybe the department of justice ought to enforce the law. >> you know the deal, boehner's office back tracked the next day issuing the clarification that speaker misspoke. the death toll from gun violence continues to climb in america. today there was news after u.s. marine shooting, killing two colleagues then killing himself in kwau in quantico, virginia. he had ties to white supremacist group in colorado prisons. then the story of 13-year-old antonio santiago. antonio was asleep with his mother when two teenagers approached them, demanding money. antonio's mother told the teens she had n
MSNBC
Mar 22, 2013 2:00am PDT
include universal background checks. this according to harry reid who introduced the bill on the senate floor last night. the top senate democrat is vowing that any bill that passes the senate must include background checks, the most contentious portion of the measure. reid also promised votes on proposed assault weapons ban. the legislation also aims to make gun trafficking a federal crime and strengthen safety measures at schools. >>> and just yesterday, the late beetle john lennon was thrust into the gun debate when his widow drew attention to the cause tweeting a photo of her late husband's blood splattered glasses from the day he was assassinated by a crazed lone gunman. >>> and now here's your first look at this morning's dish of scrambled politics. republican senator sax by chambliss of georgia was asked if his views on same sex marriage have changed? he replied, i'm not gay, so i'm not going to marry one. well that clears that up. >>> patty davis, the daughter of former president ronald reagan has a novel out about a woman falling in love with her sister-in-law. she denies the s
MSNBC
Mar 22, 2013 1:00am PDT
harry reid. following two days of angry response from california senator dianne feinstein, she had been very publicly disappointed and angry harry reid was not going move her assault weapons ban to the senate floor as part of the democrats gun reform package. after two days of defiant reaction from senator dianne feinstein and supporters of gun reform and vice president biden made an appearance with mayor michael bloomberg demanding the assault weapons ban gets a vote and neither he or the president will rest until these measures are pursued, tonight, senator harry reid responded saying i will ensure a ban on assault weapons and limits on high capacity magazines receive votes. he also announced he would start the process of moving gun reform legislation to the floor of the senate as of tonight. the exact contours of the bill are still uncertain, including the question of what's going to end up in the base bill and acted on in the form of amendments and when the actual voting will begin given he started the process tonight. the statement from harry reid tonight was very clear on one poli
MSNBC
Mar 22, 2013 7:00am PDT
to expand gun control. majority leader harry reid says he will move the package of bills when they come back from spring recess next month. it will include back ground checks but not a ban on assault weapons. >> for all those who say we shouldn't and can't ban assault weapons, for all those who say the politics is too hard, how can they say that? when you take a look at those 20 beautiful babies. and what happened to them. and those six teachers and administrators. >> these are john lien on's blood eyeglasses from the day he was murdered. good to see both of you, good morning. let me read to you from the column in the washington post this morning. we all know what's happening here. senate democrats face a tough battle to hold on to their slim majority. i'd love to hear them explain their cal kragss to the parents of newtown. emily, is harry reid's bill essentially a surrender that's based on the political reality of the vote next year? >> i would actually even challenge even at this point harry reid's cal slags that this is a political reality. the reality is the american public is
MSNBC
Mar 19, 2013 1:00pm PDT
harry reid has decided to remove the assault weapons ban from a larger reform package. it will, instead, be voted on as an amendment. nbc's mike viqueira joins us live now. mike, what happened? why did the majority leader decide that 157 different models of assault weapons and high-capacity magazines did not deserve to be a part of a broader bill to ensure that tragedies like that in aurora, in newtown, connecticut, never happen again? what's happened? >> reporter: well, you know, harry reid was faced with a very fundamental question, martin. he could put on what is essentially an unpopular measure, dianne feinstein notwithstanding, and that's a renewal of the assault weapons ban. he could put it on that base bill and have it bring down the entire bill. under that circumstances, by harry reid's estimation, it has fewer, martin, fewer than 40 votes in support in the united states senate. you can't blame it all on ted cruz and his compatriots on the republican side. there are several democrats who don't favor a renewal of the assault weapons ban. you need 60 votes. harry reid told us with
MSNBC
Mar 20, 2013 9:00pm PDT
of the senate democrats' package. that is a decision made by harry reid who says that the assault weapons bill does not have the votes to make it past a fill buster by the republicans. that is what we reported yesterday. and all of that is still true. senator feinstein's bill is not going to be in the democrat's reform package in the senate. but if you ask senator dianne feinstein, that fact that it's not going to be included in the overall package of bills that goes to the senate floor, that does not mean that her bill is dead. according to her, it may not be a part of that overall comprehensive bill, but she is not going to play dead on this subject, and she insists that it will be voted on by other means. >> now senator reid had said you deserved a vote. but it's appearing that it could be an amendment. that it could be a symbolic vote. what's your response to this new -- >> no, if it is an amendment, that is not ha symbolic vote. it enacted a law. it went on to the house. it was enacted what senator reid told me is that i would have an opportunity for a vote. i take him at his
MSNBC
Mar 22, 2013 10:00am PDT
since 2009. and senate majority leader, harry reid, has guaranteed that universal background checks will be part of a final gun control package. they'll begin debating that when they return from their easter recess. joining me is "washington post" national political correspondent and my colleague, karen tumelty and john morris. my mentor. harry reid focusing on the positive in some way said that this universal background checks will in the bill. what he didn't say is that high capacity magazines, banning those, and the assault weapons ban will not be, they'll be offered as amendments, what does this say about how much the political climate, if at all has changed as it ties to guns, karen, since what happened in newtown, connecticut late last year. >> well harry reid says he's basically counting the votes here. there are not the 60 votes it would take to overcome a filibuster on the tougher measures, i think also that he is looking at the fact that he has some democratic seats up for re-election in 2014. and in 2014. and in some states that it's going to be very difficult to hold. places
MSNBC
Mar 21, 2013 6:00am PDT
, the assault weapons ban stripped out of the broader senate bill, harry reid has taken some flak for that. joe biden yesterday, the vice president of the united states who has taken a lead role on this, on npr talking about the assault weapons ban and whether or not it is doomed. let's play that and we'll talk about it. >> we are still pushing that it pass. the same thing was told to me when the first assault weapons ban in 'now was attached to the biden crime bill, that it couldn't possibly pass. last time we passed it we only had seven republican votes in 1994. >> but he doesn't have the democrats. >> well, again, i just -- i've never found it makes any sense to support something and declare there's no possibility of it passing. >> okay. it still seems very unlikely to pass. harry reid on the floor two days ago saying there are 40 votes and they need 60. but there is a disconnect on gun legislation in general between congress and the american public. you pointed this out to me and i wanted to note it. quinnipiac poll of florida voters, support for gun safety measures, 91%, 91%. 91%
MSNBC
Mar 21, 2013 2:00pm PDT
goes before the senator? s. >> yeah, a bit of breaking news. i'm told reliably that senator harry reid will move a bill starting tonight and it would have background checks in the base component of it, which means it won't be offered as an amendment. that's a victory for gun control advocates. they wanted it to be in the base bill. they thought without it reform would be toothless. now they'll get the fight they want and we'll see how the votes play out. >> what will the elements be? background checks, something on traffics. >> federal trafficking ban. >> secondhand purchases. >> and the final component will be measures for enhanced school safety. everything else i'm guessing from my reporting would have to be added via an amendment, which means a bad on high-capacity magazines would also have to be added, it still could get there with 60 votes, still a victory tonight for gun control advocates if this reporting is true that they will have background checks in the base bill. >> i'm still making the push, because they have to vote for the bill even if it's in the bill. let me ask you about t
MSNBC
Mar 21, 2013 7:00am PDT
when senator harry reid said that assault weapons ban will not be part of the comprehensive senate package. and this could be part of the reason. check it out. the nra, its fundraising hit record highs, $1.6 million in february alone. that's the best number they've posted since 2000. put it up against mayor bloomberg's super pac. he put up just $2 million last month. let me bring in our guests. good morning to both of you. >> good morning. >> hi, chris. >> biden says he's not giving up. i don't know. is that just talk? harry reid says the assault weapons ban had only 40 votes. where does he think he's going to get these votes from? >> i think this just shows you what a contentious issue gun control is in this country. i would have thought, given the events of the last few weeks and months that we would be much farther along. i can only hope that bloomberg and his money, as you pointed out, are going to help balance this issue out. i hope that he keeps pressing on this hard as well, but politically i think it is going to be a very tough sell. >> it is, i think, worth mentioning some
MSNBC
Mar 20, 2013 3:00am PDT
to reduce violence in america has been severely weakened. harry reid has announced the most controversial and ambitious part of the president's proposal a ban on assault weapons will not make the final cut when he brings the bill up for debate. >> but, right now, her amendment using the most optimistic numbers has less than 40 votes. that's not 60. i have to get something on the floor so we can have votes on that issue and the other issues i talked about and what i'm going to try to do. i'm not going to try to put something on the floor that won't succeed. i want something that will succeed. >> senator dianne feinstein who sponsored the ban was clearly irritated. the california democrat told reporters, obviously, i'm disappointed. i tried my best but my best i guess was not good enough. you'd think congress would listen but they clearly listened to the national rifle association and they do. the ban would have outlawed it nearly 160 semiautomatic weapons and limited the size of magazines to ten rounds. and in today's "daily news" a removal of the assault rifle ban saying, qu
MSNBC
Mar 21, 2013 8:00am PDT
analyst. commonsense legislation, was it common sense that was used by harry reid, senator harry reid by not putting forth diane 79 stein's assault weapons ban. not giving that to a floor vote in order to try to save and preserve other things that might be able to be passed? >> a majority didn't believe he had the votes to get past 6, the magic number in the senate. i think the divisive issue of guns being used primarily by folks on the right to drive voters isn't working and that's what we see in the polls. that's analagous to what we're seeing going back to the president's speech in israel. 70% of jews voted for president obama, we're seeing wedge issues failing to divide democratic voters, frankly. >> and michael, with regard again to commonsense legislation, the appeal by the vice president and the mayor of new york. what is it about that that republicans don't sign on to those people that want to see those individual rights preserved. you heard the vice president saying none of this legislation proposal infringes on people's individual rights. >> that's the word today. and it's the
MSNBC
Mar 20, 2013 11:00am PDT
an assault weapons ban from gun legislation going before the senate next month. harry reid said it was blocked because he felt p t would block passage of any bill at all. >> right now, her amendment, using the most optimistic numbers has less than 40 votes. i'm not going to try to put something on the floor that won't succeed. i want something that will succeed. >> i asked him if this could be part after package. he said, no. this is very important to me and i'm not going to lay down and play dead. >> democratic senator dianne feinstein of california reacting angrily to the assault weapons ban she sponsored being dropped. senior congressional reporter for politico. this is senator reid's announcement. shame on the united states. shame on us. and shows pictures of victims of sandy hook elementary shooting there. a poll showing 57% favor an assault weapons ban. president obama in a state of the union address that we all heard and reported on the next day. those families deserve a vote. keith boykin, why can't the families get a vote on this? >> well, they deserve a vote. unfortunatel
MSNBC
Mar 20, 2013 2:30am PDT
country has been severely weakened. democratic majority leader harry reid said a ban on assault weapons. >> right now her amendment using the most optimistic numbers has less than 40 votes. that's not 60. i have no get something on the floor so we can have votes on that issue and the other issues that i talked about. and that's what i'm going to try to do. i'm not going to try to put something on the floor that won't succeed. i want something that will succeed. >>> senator dianne feinstein who sponsored the ban was irritated. she said, obviously i'm disappointed. i tried my best, but my best, i guess, was not good enough. you'd think the congress would listen, but they clearly listen to the national rifle association. the ban would have outlawed 160 semiautomatic weapons and limited the size of magazines to 10 rounds. leaders are now debating which proposals will be included under consideration, a measure that would make it a felony to purchase a gun for someone else, a grant program for school security, and expansion of background checks to private gun sales. that push for background c
MSNBC
Mar 20, 2013 2:00am PDT
. that sacrifice now honored in nevada and nationwide. >>> did senator harry reid cave on new gun control legislation? the ban on assault weapons is being dropped from a bill being considered next month. dianne feinstein fought hard to keep the revision but promises to block the full package prevailed. senators will take up increasing penalties. the ban will be offered as a separate amendment but is expected to fail when it comes up after the easter recess. >>> disturbing but details about the close call at the university of central florida. police released this video of officers responding to a 911 call about a student with a gun. it came after a false fire alarm tripped by the suspect in an attempt to lure students outside so they could be easy targets. the emergency call came from a roommate that said james pulled a gun on him. >> like a gun, like large assault gun. i don't know if it's a real gun. i don't know what it is, but i just saw it, slammed my door shut and locked it. >> they found the would-be shooter dead from a self inflicted gunshot wound. two webs were nearby. >>
MSNBC
Mar 25, 2013 2:00am PDT
has to do with an agenda to attack the second amendment. >> senate majority leader harry reid says the senate will take up the gun bill when the chamber returns from recess next month. >>> secretary of state john kerry is not mincing words when it comes to the ongoing civil war in syria. the secretary made some of his harshest comments to date on sunday during an unannounced trip to meet with iraqi leaders in baghdad. he told iraq's prime minister the country must take steps to stop iran from using iraqi airspace as a means to ship weapons to syria. however, after talks described as spirited, no breakthrough was achieved. >> anything that supports president assad is problematic and i made it very clear to the prime minister that the overflights from iran are in fact hipping to sustain president assad. >> talks also focused on iraq's transition to democracy as it prepares for upcoming elections at a time when violence is on the rise. >> all right, here's your first look at your dish of scrambled politics. they're warming to the idea of same-sex marriage but many oppose marriage equa
MSNBC
Mar 20, 2013 8:00am PDT
gun violence now appears to be all but dead in a stunning announcement yesterday, harry reid said he would not be bringing to the floor the highly controversial assault weapons ban, that bill because it has less than 40 votes. so let's listen to what senator dianne feinstein had to say. >> the enemies on this are very powerful. i've known that all my life. it doesn't take a weapon away from anyone. i mean, my goodness, the nra says there are 2 million of these or 3 million of them whatever it is in the country already. how many assault weapons do you need in the united states of america? >> joining me now a democrat from connecticut. senator, it's very good to see you. thank you for joining me. >> thank you, alex. >> i'd like at the cover of "the daily news" here in new york. it shows the pictures of the victims of sandy hook elementary. right there in the center, "shame on u.s." senator blumenthal, what happened here? and do you agree about the power of so-called enemies? is this what made harry reid reverse his promise to bring this bill to the senate floor? >> you're right, alex,
MSNBC
Mar 20, 2013 10:00am PDT
majority leader harry reid's decision to not let the assault weapons ban go to the floor for the floor angered dianne feinstein, who is not giving up. >> this is very important to me. i'm not going to lay down and play dead. i think the american people have said in every single public poll that they support this kind of legislation. >>> joining me now for more on that, and all the other political news, for our daily fix, chris cillizza, and susan page. hi to both of you. while i'm away, you let the assault weapons ban die, practically, at least harry reid says he's not going to let it go forward. susan, his calculus is that it didn't have the votes and he wanted to have something passed. that's good tactics in terms of the senate, but isn't it surrendering to the nra? >> well, it's a cold calculation. what can get through the senate, the straw purchasing provision my biblt get through the senate. it's possible that university background checks, to gun shows and other venues might get through, but there was no way an assault weapons ban was going to get through this senate. not on
MSNBC
Mar 19, 2013 10:00am PDT
that segment with a sound bite from senate majority leader democrat harry reid expressing his condolences. but also during that statement, there was an implication there that under sequestration, when budgets are cut, that we may see more of these that it may put the marines and others and soldiers at risk because of the budget cuts. now i can tell you, marine corps officials this afternoon are taking a strong exception to what harry reid implied. saying that this this exercise, for example, was planned well in advance, had nothing to do with the budget cuts. there were no corners cut. and if they couldn't afford to have all the safety precautions into place, they wouldn't do the exercise. and in fact, one marine corps told us just, one marine corps official told us a short time ago, he considers this nothing but pure political posturing on the backs of these dead marines. >> those are some very strong words from the marine corps about senator harry reid, jim miklaszewski thank you soef for being on the program. >>> tonight president obama boards air force one to go to the mid
MSNBC
Mar 25, 2013 3:00am PDT
debate over gun safety. harry reid will bring the senate's proposal to the floor and include votes on assault weapons and high capacity magazines. yesterday, new york city mayor mike bloomberg optimistic about the vote during an appearance on "meet the press." >> we are going to have a vote, for sure, on assault weapons and we are going to have a vote on background checks and if we were to get background checks only, it wouldn't be as good as if we got both, but look. we demanded a plan and then we demanded a vote. we have got the plan and we are going to get the vote. >> the mayor announced a new $12 million ad campaign that will challenge senators in 13 states from arizona to pennsylvania to back gun control legislation. >> for me, guns are for hunting and protecting my family. i believe in the second amendment and i'll fight to protect it. but with rights, come responsibilities. that's why i support xren hencive background so the criminals and mentally dangerously ill can't get guns and that protects my rights and family. >> he's going to find out this is a country of the people
MSNBC
Mar 20, 2013 11:00pm PDT
first as expected. we'll be right back. >>> welcome back to "hardball." harry reid dealt a devastating blow to gun control supporters yesterday when he signaled his bill next month won't include senator dianne feinstein's assault weapons ban. handing a political victory in round one to the nra. according to reid it was a numbers game. >> right now her amendment using the most optimistic numbers has less than 40 votes. that's not 60. i'm not going to try to put somebody on the floor that won't succeed. i want something that will succeed. >> i saw that coming. feinstein who has championed the cause for decades of fighting assault weapons plans to keep fighting for her ban. >> very powerful. i've known that all my wife. it doesn't take a weapon away from anyone. i mean, my goodness, the nra says there are 2 million of these or 3 million of them, whatever it is, in the country already. how many assault weapons do you need in the united states of america? >> well, the new york covered that this morning. look at that, wow. the headline "shame on u.s., assault weapons bill is dead." that is t
MSNBC
Mar 26, 2013 1:00pm PDT
special people in the senate. i believe for a moment harry reid's deal he made in january can do anything to stop it. this is the reason people wanted harry reid to do real filibuster reform. another reason him not doing it was a major, major mistake. >> john, your organization, votevets.org, has a new commercial out that maybe rand paul and some of the others should see. so let's play a clip of it. >> i had to pass a background check to join the marine corps before i could carry a weapon similar to this one in iraq. here at home, anyone can purchase this weapon no questions asked. >> really powerful. you know, you have served two tours in iraq. you had to undergo background check in order to carry that weapon. what is your take on this discussion about whether or not we should have to do background checks? >> well, they're going to try to filibuster. i mean, we went through this with chuck hagel. we had 60 votes there. you could see what the final tally was. there's a lot of political theater like joy said. rand paul is running for president. ted cruz is running for head of the
MSNBC
Mar 26, 2013 3:00pm PDT
all of this. senator rand paul, ted cruz and mike lee hand delivered a letter to senator harry reid's office today. and it read, quote, we the undersigned intend to oppose any legislation that would infringe on american people's constitutional right to bear arms. we will oppose the motion to proceed to any legislation that will serve as a vehicle for any additional gun restrictions. i mean, it means they want to filibuster gun control. that's what they're saying. they're going to filibuster gun control. >> yeah. >> i mean, what are they thinking? >> well, if you look at the heller decision with the supreme court, the supreme court said you cannot ban guns, privately owned guns in a private home. but other than that you can have reasonable restrictions. that means those three particular senators, they're the ones out of step with the constitution. the constitution does not prohibit reasonable gun safety. and it's what most americans want. and they -- you know, these folks in the nra like mr. la pierre keep on telling folks things that are not true, such as we want to take their guns away. nob
MSNBC
Mar 22, 2013 2:30am PDT
. >>> harry reid made it clear that the senate's gun control bill will include provisions that would expand background checks to private gun sales. reid plans to bring the bill to the floor next month. he said he is hopeful that a bipartisan compromise can be reached on background checks. reid also called for amendments on banning assault weapons and high capacity magazines after those measures were left out of the final bill. the proposals in the senate may not be enough for joe biden. in an appearance with michael bloomberg yesterday, he invoked the memories of the newtown shooting and implored lawmakers to ban assault weapons. >> for all those who say we shouldn't and can't ban assault weapons, for all those who say the politics is too hard, how can they say that? when you take a look at those 20 beautiful babies and what happened to them and those six teachers and administrators. tell me how it violates anyone's constitutional right to be limited to a clip that holds ten rounds instead of 30? >> you have seen this? joining the calls for stricter gun calls is yoko ono. she tweeted out th
MSNBC
Mar 21, 2013 2:30am PDT
" reports dianne feinstein stormed from harry reid's office monday when she was informed that her ban would not be included in the bill. the measure never had a chance citing lobbying and the nra and concerns from both parties doubt about the impact on stopping gun violence and lack of support from the gun safety groups like that of former congresswoman gabrielle giffords. instead of imposing new regulations, republicans are calling for existing laws to be enforced. >> do you think background checks and improving background checks will be part of that? >> they should actually do a real background check on everyone. and maybe the department of justice ought to enforce the law. >> still vice president joe biden one of the main advocates on a ban on military style rifles says he believes most americans agree with him. >> the competing budget plans are mild apart but at least there is not a government shutdown to worry about, at least for a while. the senate passed a bill to keep federal agencies funded through the end of september. round of applause. the rare bipartisan compromise was ap
MSNBC
Mar 26, 2013 2:30am PDT
harry reid's debate on gun control legislation when the senate returns from easter recess. the debate will include votes on universal background checks and a separate push to ban assault weapons. >>> to news overseas where the taliban is claiming responsibility for a suicide bombing that killed at least five afghan police officers early this morning. the attack came just hours after secretary of state john kerry met with afghan president hamid karzai, discussed the transfer of security operations to afghan forces. andrea mitchell was travel with secretary kerry. >> reporter: john kerry's trip to afghanistan was all about damage control. defusing tensions with the country's erratic president hamid karzai. two weeks ago, karzai infuriated the president and congress suggesting the u.s. had colluded with the taliban on suicide attacks. karzai claimed he was misunderstood. >> after all of the american sacrifices, do you stand by your statement, your recent statement, that the united states is conspire with the taliban on recent terror attacks? >> i never used the word collusion betw
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Mar 26, 2013 8:00am PDT
jersey. governor whitman, let me start with you. as we hear about what harry reid is planning, to bring up this bill that would expand background chicks and crack down on gun trafficking, when they come back from vacation, rand paul's filibustering on drones made him a hero. >> i think it's a mistake. i think they should allow a vote to come up. as it is, harry reid isn't going after assault weapons or trying to reduce the amount of wet bullets you can have in a cartridge. even here, they have pared back dramatically, i think, some of what needs to be done, but certainly here they're out of step. i believe they're truly out of step with the majority of the american people. even gun owners, meks of the nra. i'm a gun owner i ha. i have a license to hunt. i don't need an assault weapon. i certainly can pass a background check. is it going to stop everybody? no. but our murder laws don't stop all murders, but do we give up on those? is no. i don't see why we're going to stop a comprehensive background check for the american people. >> we have gun rights, political rights, the culture wars,
MSNBC
Mar 21, 2013 10:00am PDT
this but there's no way that you can sugar-coat what is happening in the senate. harry reid saying he won't bring it to the floor. the multiple magazines are part of the package. so maybe it can be raised as an amendment. but reid said it might not get more than 40 votes. >> i think it will be raised as an amendment. andrea. to your point, there aren't 60 votes for this. i think what joe biden is doing makes some level of sense. look, joe biden is the face, the public face or if not the secondary face to barack obama on what the white house is pushing in reaction to the tragedy in newtown. if joe biden said, yeah, the assault weapons ban, let's being honest, it's not going anywhere, i think it would have somewhat a chilling effect on the momentum and the push broadly to get something done. he is the public cheerleader, the cheerleader has to frankly cheer. he has to say, i think this is still possible. i think joe biden, look joe biden spent a long time in the senate. he knows in his heart of hearts, the assault weapons ban is almost certainly doomed. he doesn't want to jeopardize
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Mar 26, 2013 10:00am PDT
mike lee, rand paul, ted cruz sending a letter to harry reid, the senate majority leader, threatening the possibility of a filibuster on gun control with people like oklahoma senator tom coburn saying the bill as it currently is, won't pass. does it feel like this -- what looked like real political momentum is fading as each day goes by, or am i misreading it? >> it's unclear this he didn't use the word filibuster in the letter, they said they were objecting the motion to proceed. it's unclear whether rand paul, in particular who caused such a sensation when he actually stood up and did an old-fashioned talking filibuster a few weeks back on the drone, on the administration's drone program. >> whether he's ready to do something like that in which case, gums things up and gives a lot of attention for his point of view. >> a huge amount of attention. there's a lot of news on the pro gun control side. you have president obama floating the possibility, may he goes out on the campaign trail. campaigns for some people. you have michael bloomberg, the mayor of new york city spen
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Mar 23, 2013 9:00am PDT
bill with connecticut senator richard bloomen that will. we'll ask by harry reid had to drop the assault weapons ban from the measure. >>> in vatican city today, pope francis went to castel gandolfo to meet with his predecessor. during this meeting they prayed together, they had a private 45-minute conversation followed by lunch, but this could be the first and only time in history at current and former pope meet after a transfer of leadership. lots of prayers across this country today with different stakes and millions of players. $320 million is on the line. it is the jackpot in the latest powerball drawing. it's a near record and on wednesday an extra $60 million was added to the jockp jackpot. nobody won. so your odds of winning 1 in 175 million. you better pray harder. that's all i'm saying there. >>> take a quick look at the top left-hand corner of your screen. that's a meteor flying over the skies of maryland traveling at a speed of 10 miles a second. it was larger than the size of most meteors which is why a security camera was able to capture in and why people in 12 stat
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Mar 22, 2013 8:00am PDT
the easter recess. majority leader harry reid announced that he will bring forward a bill that will include broader background checks. his bill will not include the more controversial ban on assault weapons. some democrats are defending his decision to separate that ban from the bill. >> what most gun rights advocates don't realize is that our current laws at the state and national level are swiss cheese. we can't let the perfect be the enemy of the good. >> joining me now chris murphy. thanks for joining us. if not every other week uyou're hearing all these shootings. i flow you have spent time in newtown. you have met with the families of the victims is this the bill, the response those families deserve? >> i think you are right. we are watching a orji of gun violence. shame on the united states you congress that we remain so disconnected from reality out there. the package that we're talking about which includes universal background checks may not have enough votes to pass the united states senate. we're going to have to work really hard over the next two weeks to get that done,
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Mar 22, 2013 9:00am PDT
misreading the policies of background checks. the fact that harry reid has now ostensibly dumped the assault weapons ban has cleared up a little bit of the politics here. precisely because these red state democrats want to vote against it they want to show that they have defeated the most controversial provision in the bill. however, with background checks. >> that frees them up, you're saying? >> i think it might free them up a little bit. and joe mansion who is -- you know, in 2010, was brand issuing a shotgun to shoot and cap-and-trade legislation in a campaign commercial. he's got his gun bona fides, he's on board with the background check bill. he's been negotiating with chuck schumer. i think he is, he can, you can read the temperature of the politics by looking at him. with respect to red state democrats. now is it a done deal? no, of course not. i think the house is a little bit more complex. i think there are a lot of suburban republican members in the northeast, including new york and pennsylvania, who may be receptive to something like this. >> most of those people are gon
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Mar 25, 2013 1:00am PDT
weapon ban -- an assault weapon, because harry reid has already said that is not going to pass in the senate, and she can give it to her son. that's what happened in newtown. it happens under -- >> stronger gun network. can acne cleansers be tough on breakouts and be good for your face? [ female announcer ] now there's new neutrogena® naturals acne cleanser. acne medicine from the wintergreen leaf treats breakouts. no parabens or harsh sulfates. for naturally clear skin. [ female announcer ] neutrogena® naturals. in the middle of the night it can be frustrating. it's hard to turn off and go back to sleep. intermezzo is the first and only prescription sleep aid approved for use as needed in the middle of the night when you can't get back to sleep. it's an effective sleep medicine you don't take before bedtime. take it in bed only when you need it and have at least four hours left for sleep. do not take intermezzo if you have had an allergic reaction to drugs containing zolpidem, such as ambien. allergic reactions such as shortness of breath or swelling of your tongue or throat may oc
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Mar 18, 2013 12:00pm PDT
curious about. you know harry reid pretty well. comes from your state. how much longer do you think he's going to stick around as the majority leader in the senate? >> hasn't indicated to me one way or another. my opinion of harry, he's going to stick around as long as the electorate wil keep him there. he already indicated he wants to run in the next election a couple years from now. harry is a fighter. that's just his nature. he enjoys what he's doing. >> could you also quickly weigh in on the fight going on in new jersey? the lawsuit against new jersey trying to legalize sports betting and join nevada in that ranks. what do you think? >> well, of course, we in nevada prefer monopolies when we're the beneficiaries of monopolies. >> we all do. we all do. >> i think the nfl and ncaa would agree with you. >> yes. that's, of course, whbeen one o the limitations we have to experience by having sports betting, mayor sports franchises and ncaa tournaments stay away from us because of sports betting. new jersey would have that if they were successful in obtaining sports betting. but we were gr
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Mar 26, 2013 7:00am PDT
leader harry reid's office that says, "we will oppose the motion to proceed to any legislation that will serve as a vehicle for any additional gun restrictions." the move comes just a day after the white house said president obama is still pushing for a vote on banning assault weapons despite senator reid's decision to exclude the ban from comprehensive gun control. >>> and this morning democratic congressman elijah cummings said the stakes couldn't be higher. >> i keep telling folks this is a transformational moment. when sandy hook took place, i can't think of too much that should cause people to say, look, we cannot continue to go down this road without making a difference. >> joining me now is neil he heslip. his son jesse was killed at sandy hook. this goes beyond just scrapping an assault weapons ban. it's really a veiled threat to filibuster any new gun control legislation. if they were sitting here, what would you say to these three senators? >> i feel it deserves at least a vote. i'm really upset and disturbed that it hasn't gotten that respect from congress. what happened at sa
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Mar 20, 2013 5:00pm PDT
was getting dropped why a larger safety pageage because the votes weren't therement so senator harry reid it's about the math. >> right now her amendment has less than 40 votes. that's not of 0. >> now looking at the latest polling this is something that the majority of americans really want. 57% of americans say they want to bring the assault weapons ban back. but that majority is not being heard in the halls of the united states congress. reid couldn't get behind an assault weapons ban. he couldn't even get democrats as the new yorker put it. the scale of the defeat suffered by the ban's supporters is shocking. this wasn't a close call. this was a body blow. senator feinstein vows to keep fighting. >> this is very important to me. and i'm not going to lay down and play dead. i think the american people are said in every single public poll that they support this kind of legislation. it's aimed to protect children. to protect schools and malls. not to give me a vote on this would be a major betrayal of trust. >> to that last point, reid told feinstein the bill could be offered as an
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Mar 25, 2013 5:00pm PDT
, and the white house, there hasn't been much progress coming from capitol hill. harry reid admitted he didn't have the votes from republicans or democrats to include dianne feinstein's assault weapons ban and a larger gun reform package to be voted on in early april. but bloomberg isn't calling that a win for the nra. >> i don't know that that reflects the nra's power. we've got to go out, we've got a lot of work ahead of us. but i don't think we should give up on the assault weapons ban. but clearly, it is a more difficult issue for a lot of people. >>> in the meantime, the nra knows know bounds in its battle to make sure nothing is done to reform the nation's gun laws, including making robo calls to the residents of newtown, connecticut, urging them to oppose gun safety legislation. joining me now are james carville, democratic strategist, political consultant, and author of, "it's the middle class, stupid!" and howard dean, former vermont governor and former dnc chairman. james, i want to go to you first, sequestered as you are down there in a red state. how hard is it going to b
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